Alistair Martin Frederick Anthony Fernandes passed on February 26, 2018. He was born on February 5, 1968 in Karachi, Pakistan. Alistair earned his A Levels in 1986 from Karachi Grammar School. In 1987 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Georgia State University. He graduated in 1993 with a BBA in Risk Management and Insurance. While at GSU, Alistair met the love of his life, Helen. They married in 1994 and had two children, Tristan and Rachel. Alistair could always be counted on to talk about Helen and the children to everyone. Alistair lived life to the fullest and was a compassionate, loyal friend. He loved the outdoors (camping, hunting, fishing). He joined the Single Action Shooting Society and was known as the Suwanee Swampdog. Alistair was an avid aviation fan and he frequently visited air shows and aviation museums. He took great joy in sharing his passions with his children and friends, as well as the Boy Scouts. Alistair was an amateur photographer and documented many of his travels, often with his beloved canine companion, Thunder, at his side. Alistair proudly became a United States Citizen in 2004. Alistair is preceded in death by his father Derek Fernandes (Karachi, Pakistan). He is survived by his wife of 24 years Helen, son Tristan, daughter Rachel, mother Joan (nee DeSousa), brother Arnold/Carol (Renae), brother Ashley/Arlene (Aiken, Aiden), and a large loving extended family. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, March 22, from 5-8 PM. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville HWY, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 23, 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree RD, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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  1. Alistair was one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever known. He was a great friend, and his absence will be felt by everyone who knew him. Love and prayers to Helen, Tristan, Rachel and Joan as well as the rest of the Fernandes and Joseph families.

  2. What can I say about Alistair. I knew him from my childhood in Karachi. I recall with fondness visiting him at his home at Blue Haven whenever I accompanied my parents to visit his grandparents who lived next door to his parents Joan and Derek. He used to have a collection of books ‘Tell me Why’ and knew that I was scared of looking at pictures of dinosaurs and snakes and would tease me, though without any malice. He used to have a Spacehopper and I remember hopping around the corridors which ran outside his place. He was passionate about planes and used to assemble model planes. later, I was to see that he still had the same passion towards planes. It came as a shock when I heard that he was to undergo a heart transplant and I know that many of his childhood friends wished that he would pull through. When he was recovering, we had hoped to see him back in action but sadly this was not to be. We will miss you Alistair. You were a good friend and we pray that Helen – your devoted wife and your lovely chidren Tristan and Rachel bear with the sudden void in their lives. We also pray for Joan and the rest of the family. Rest in Peace Alistair, until we meet again. You lived life to the fullest. Fausto and family.

  3. Rest In Peace dear Alistair. You will be fondly remembered, always. I enjoyed your posts and loved that we were able to connect on fb, even though it was short-lived.
    Keeping your family and your mum in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏽

  4. Helen, my condolences to you and your family. Having met Alistair only once, I found him to be a kind and gentle man. It was a pleasure to meet him and talk with him at that time. May you and your children find peace and may he rest in peace. Thank you for being a friend to my daughter during her time of grief. We are here for you during this time in your life. Much love.🕊🕊

  5. My adventurous, full of life friend, Thank you Al for teaching me to live life to the fullest and cherish everyday! Your kind, fun loving spirit will be missed but never forgotten. You were taken from us much too soon! Rest in peace my friend!!!

  6. Helen, Tristian and Rachel,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Alistair loved you guys so very much! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

  7. Alistair was a classmate through school, and while we were friendly, we weren’t especially close. We lost touch after graduation in 1986, and then reconnected through Facebook a few years ago. I remember him as a warm, friendly, open and kind person who didn’t show any of the hangups that teenagers go through. I was delighted to see how well he had done for himself in Georgia, and the joy with which he pursued his passion for aviation and hunting. Most importantly, his love for his family and friends showed that his judgment had obviously matured to a high calibre in light of his wise choice of priorities. It is sobering to lose someone with whom so many childhood memories and experiences were shared, and perhaps there is a dawning realization of how little time is granted to us. But Alistair focused his goals on sharing his love, passion and kindness with honour and decency. Perhaps that is the best we can hope to accomplish in life, or should aspire to achieve. Goodbye, Alistair, and congratulations on living a full and rewarding life. I’m glad I had the opportunity to catch up with you and witness your successes. My sincere condolences to Alistair’s family and loved ones.

  8. My deepest sympathies on the sad demise of Alistair. I knew Alistair as a neighbour in Karachi Pakistan. He was a bubbly character and never hesitated to come and have a chat.
    or enquiry about the fly.
    My sincere condolences to his wife Helen and children. Mother Joan, brothers Arnold and Ashley and fly’s.

  9. Dear Helen, Tristan, Rachel
    Joan, Arnold and Ashley
    My sincere condolences to you all.

    Alistair was one of my closest friends at KGS. He was one of the nicest persons i have ever met.

    We watched all the memorable 80s movies starring Schwarzenneger, Stallone and of course Top Gun together.

    Alistair was a walking talking encyclopedia on every type of aircraft and military weapon.

    I have fond memories of when we spontaneously got on a train to visit a cousin at Petaro cadet college
    We cleared the Army obstacle course, did target practice and hunted game.

    I met Alistair in 1994, stayed at his home in Atlanta and had the privilege of meeting the lovely Helen.

    Rest In Peace my friend you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Al, You were always so full of love for your family, life and literally everything you touched. You made the most out of your life and I always admired that. You genuinely just made people stop and smile. Your memory is a keepsake that I will never part with. God has you in his arms and I have you in my heart. I am soooo lucky to have known you.

  11. Our sincere condolences are extended to Helen and family, Joan, Arnold and Ashley and their families on such a great loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  12. My sincere condolences are extended to Helen and family, Joan, Arnold, Ashley and their families on this tragic loss. All of you are in my prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.

  13. Al was truly a great inspiration. He never complained and always had a positive attitude.
    He loved talking about his family, and we often shared discussions about our dogs. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  14. We were saddened to hear of the demise of Alistair. Our deepest sympathies go out to Helen, Tristan and Rachael, his mom, Joan, brothers Arnold, Ashley and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  15. I will miss Ally dearly. We were oddly linked from the age of 4… i was the orange baby..i remember all our fun times and sharing fears.. i wanted to meet him but never got the chance. My prayers go out to him and his family. His family is blessed to have him. Lots of love to his family

  16. Our deepest sympathy to Helen, Tristan and Rachel on the loss of your husband and father. Alistair and I kept in touch more recently on Facebook and on Messenger as we live in different states. I enjoyed our conversations and was amazed how may different interests Alistair had and how much he had to share. The last time I saw him was in the early 70’s back in Karachi, Pakistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Helen and family and rest in peace, Alistair.

  17. My deepest sympathy to Al’s wife, children, mother and family. I will always remember Al with a smile on his face and as such a kind soul. May all the wonderful memories fill your hearts with peace and soon fill your hearts with more smiles than tears.

  18. Helen and the kids my condolences and my thoughts are always with you and I know it’s a tough time but just remember we’re all thinking about you Larry

  19. Helen and kids,
    You have lost an adoring husband and father. You all were sincerely the light of his life! Now you have a adoring angel watching over you all.

  20. Dear Alistair
    Sorry to know you passed away .You will always be in my thoughts with a smile.
    God bless your soul
    Condolences from his KGS friend Shabbir to his family

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